I know your first question is what is Steampunk…but that can be easily remedied by going to this Wikipedia entry on it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk). This article is pretty straightforward and the pictures are perfect.
BUT even with all that info, you’re still having costume issues? Well, I’m here to give you 5 quick and easy costumes you can find on the cheap.
1. Mad Scientist: Lab coat, black latex gloves, welding goggles (old school like this: http://www.discountsafetygear.com/fibre-metal-flexible-welding-goggles-rigid-frame.html) , crazy wig (optional). Next thing you know you’re Dr. Horrible and looking fine!
2. Mechanic: Cargo pants, combat boots, tank top or black t-shirt, ball cap that matches the pants or shirt (the dirtier the better!), wrench (optional – for your pocket), and suspenders (optional). Put a few oil smudges on our face and we will all be calling you grease monkey in no time!!
4. AirCorp Member: Any sort of military uniform, gears and such. Yeah, it is just that easy…
5. Corsets, corsets, corsets…if you’ve got a corset you are in. (Similarly, if you are a guy and you’ve got a top hat…you are also not paying cover at the door!)
If none of these are tripping your trigger, or you’ve got an idea but need to flesh it out check out these handy web pages: